May 7, 2022
Ila Marie Mathieu, 80 of Chester, SD passed away on Saturday May 7, 2022 at the Inn on Westport in Sioux Falls. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at First Lutheran Church, Colton. Interment was in the Dell Rapids Cemetery.
Ila was born on May 1, 1942, in Sioux Falls, to Marvin and Atha Berge. Ila along with her sister Sheryl were raised in Colton, SD. She attended and graduated from Colton High School. She then went on to Beauty School in Sioux Falls and worked for Marilyn Edwards at her salon in Colton. She married David Bunjer and to this union Susan and Nancy were born. She married Harvey Mathieu and gained her only son Mark and to this union Kathy was born.
After she moved to Chester she started and ran “Ila’s Daycare” for 28 years. She absolutely loved taking care of all the kids throughout the years. She found great joy in making each and every one a special handmade picture ornament for their Christmas trees. She spent countless hours behind her sewing machine making many things from scratch including lots of clothing for her children when they were young. Lots of people brought items to Ila to see if she could mend it or make it fit. She was an active member in her church and spent many hours in the kitchen during church suppers.
She cherished spending time with family and friends, crafting, crocheting, gardening, canning and her absolute love of all the little kids that she did daycare for and their families.
Survivors include daughter-in-law Lisa (Carruthers) Mathieu, Colton. Daughters Susan Bunjer, Sioux Falls. Nancy (Michael) Roberts, Chester, Kathy Carman, Parker. Her 8 grandchildren Mallory (Austin) Hoekman, Mike (Kim) Mathieu, Lindsey (Chris) McKenzie, Erin (Mitch) McNary, Lauren Roberts, Alex Carman, Elizabeth Stearns and her fiancé Abduallah and Dustin Carman. 12 great grandchildren and several other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin & Atha, sister Sheryl, son Mark, son-in-law Dan and granddaughter Caitlyn.
Her family would like to thank the staff at the Inn on Westport for the great care they provided to our mother in the last four years. Especially those of you who went out of your way to make sure she felt, safe secure and at home. To the hospice staff at Asera Care for the extra care they gave her during her final days.